Allowing you to take hot beverages with you wherever you go, thermal cups can be extremely handy. Unless selected and used with care, thermal mugs can, however, be dangerous.
Dangers of plastic thermal mugs
If, for example, your thermal mug is made from plastic, there is a significant risk of BPA (bisphenol A) leaching into your drink. This toxic chemical can, if ingested in sufficient quantities, cause an array of health problems, including:
- Increased aggressiveness, hyperactivity and impaired learning
- Altered immune function
- Risk of obesity due to increased fat formation
- Early puberty, disrupted reproductive cycles, ovarian dysfunction and mammary gland development stimulation
- Abnormal sexual behaviour and alterations in gender-specific behaviour
- Decreased sperm production, increased prostate size and prostate cancer cell stimulation
When used by pregnant women, the BPA in plastic cups could cause genetic damage to the unborn child and/or spontaneous miscarriages.
Dangers of stainless steel thermal mugs
Stainless steel thermal cups are safer than plastic ones in general. Some, however, are lined with various substances that may increase your risk of developing cancer.
General dangers of thermal cups and mugs
The design of some of these mugs and cups can also make it very difficult to drink out of them. This could easily lead to injuries by scalding. Incredibly effective, some mugs also keep liquids very hot for a long time. An unexpectedly hot drink could again cause a scalding injury.
This is also a risk with takeaway thermal cups, which, though typically made from some type of cardboard, can keep drinks scalding hot for quite a long time.
Drivers and thermal cups
Finally, surprising numbers of drivers take thermal cups along with them while driving. Drinking while navigating through traffic could easily lead to accidents on the road.
Right to claim
Many accidents involving thermal drinks containers can be prevented by choosing safe containers and using them carefully. Some scalding accidents, however, cannot be prevented.
You may, for example, sustain a scalding injury by having a hot drink spilt on you, or if a drink you are served at a café is excessively hot. If you were injured by a hot drink or in a motoring accident and someone else was responsible for your injury, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
We can provide you with expert scalding injury compensation advice and help you get the compensation due to you quickly. Call 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline and from your mobile 0333 500 0993 now to learn more.